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Tegan and Sara Talk About HIGH SCHOOL and More Book Radar!

Welcome to another Monday, my little Garfields. It was a pretty slow news week last week. I’m sure it was because the news heard I was on vacation, and had nothing at all to do with the holidays. (WINK.) Still, I have a few exciting things to share with you today. I hope that your weekend was swell, and that you all managed to read something wonderful. Have a great week, and remember to be excellent to each other! I’ll see you again on Thursday. – xoxo, Liberty

Sponsored by The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything– everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome’s got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter. Cussy’s not only a book woman, however, she’s also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy’s family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she’s going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

Here’s this week’s trivia question: What author wrote a rock song called “Frankenstein Monster Song?” (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

Death on the Nile cover imageLetitia Wright has landed a major role in the new adaptation of Death on the Nile.

In this week’s Stephen King adaptation news: AMC is adapting Sleeping Beauties, and Legendary is turning his short story Rest Stop into a film.

Here’s more deets on Roxane Gay’s upcoming podcast with Tressie McMillan Cottom.

Nnedi Okorafor is creating a TV series company for Africanfuturist stories.

Demi Moore is writing a memoir.

There’s a Grateful Dead graphic novel coming in 2020.

Cover Reveals

Tegan and Sara revealed the cover for High School, their upcoming memoir. (MCD, September 24)

And here’s the look at NPR host Scott Simon’s first children’s book: Sunnyside Plaza. (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, January 21)

Book Riot Recommends

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week so you can add them to your TBR! (It will now be books I loved on Mondays and books I’m excited to read on Thursdays. YAY, BOOKS!)

Loved, loved, loved:

the whisper manThe Whisper Man by Alex North (Celadon Books, August 20)

PRO TIP: Don’t read a description of this book. I think it’s best if you know nothing about it. That’s what I did, and I was surprised several times! I read the jacket after, and a couple of the things that surprised me are right there in the description, so DON’T READ IT. I’ll just tell you that it’s a thriller about a serial killer, and an identical crime that occurs two decades later. IT’S SPOOKY. I started this late at night, and an hour into it, I was like, “NOPE NOPE NOPE. Putting this down to look at pictures of puppies before I sleep, kthnxbye.” That might sound terrible, but it’s my ideal sign of a scary book!

What I’m reading this week:

make it screamMake It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays by Leslie Jamison

Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

Warchild by Karin Lowachee

Ship of Smoke and Steel (The Wells of Sorcery Trilogy) by Django Wexler

Pun of the week: 

I was addicted to the hokey pokey… but thankfully, I turned myself around.

Here’s a kitten picture:

In which Zevon poses with a book he’s too young to read.

And this is funny.

Give this tweet the Pulitzer.

Trivia answer: Margaret Atwood.

You made it to the bottom! Thanks for reading! – xo, L